Meet Heather Potter: Curator of Photographs and Prints

Pathway to The Filson Heather Potter received her BA in History from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas and her Master of Library Science with a special­ization in Archives and Records Management from Indiana University at Bloomington. She first started processing photo collections as a Master’s student and worked as a Project Archivist for the Kentucky Folklife Program Archives at the […]

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Vu iz valdo? Revisiting Collections Through a Jewish Lens

What we seek often determines not only what we find but what we overlook in the process. My two-year-old niece and nephew have recently discovered the joy of the Where’s Waldo? books, screaming with delight when they manage to locate that telltale striped hat and scarf amidst globetrotting visual chaos. Sometimes they need help though, and the patient adult whose […]

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The Path of Totality: Experiencing Kentucky’s Darkest Day 2017

[Shadows at the start of the Eclipse] I must admit, while many people planned their trip to see the 2017 Total Eclipse for months if not years, I didn’t even know about it until a few months prior. Once I found out the path of totality was going straight through Kentucky my husband Brendan and I decided, let’s go! We […]

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“Excursion to the Sun via Kentucky”: Kentucky Solar Eclipses Then and Now

This weekend, an estimated 100,00 to 200,000 visitors will pour into Kentucky from around the globe, their pilgrimage motivated by a once in a lifetime opportunity: witnessing a total eclipse of the sun. While the entire United States will experience some form of partial eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017, the moon’s complete obscuration of the sun will occur along a […]

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Field Trip: The Filson Explores the Pennyroyal Plateau!

Ah, the field trip. Field trips bring back such memories from childhood. They were a way for me to visit places and learn things I otherwise might not have been able to. I distinctly remember visiting the Franklin Science Institute in Philadelphia, the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., and seeing the 1996 Olympic Torch as it passed Mount Vernon in […]

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Genealogical Research Allows Filson Artifacts to Come Alive!

The following post is written by Wendy Brimhall, summer intern at the Filson. +++ Have you ever visited an antique shop or a museum exhibit and while looking at the artifacts wanted to know more about the people who originally owned them? For example, when and where did they live? What did they do for a living? Were they involved […]

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Mayor’s Summer Works at The Filson

The following post is written by Filson summer employee William Schuhmann.  +++ My name is Will Schuhmann. I am 17 years old and will be a senior next year at Ballard High School. I have been an intern at the Filson Historical Society since July 12th through Mayor’s Summer Works: a seven-week program where Louisville youth are paid by the city […]

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Happy 4th of July

The Filson Historical Society would like to wish you a happy and safe 4th of July! We will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, July 4, 2017, but will be open the rest of the week. To kick off your holiday, a few patriotic archival finds of the day: two pieces of WWI era sheet music and a fun A. L. Due […]

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The Filson is on the Cultural Pass!

The Filson Historical Society is participating in the 2017 Cultural Pass! The 2017 Cultural Pass is presented by Churchill Downs, in partnership with Metro Louisville, Fund for the Arts, Arts and Culture Alliance and the Louisville Free Public Library. The Cultural Pass runs from June 9 through August 12 and is FREE for children 0-21. You can visit The Filson on […]

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Daydreaming

As I sit here at my desk and peer out my window the sun and trees capture my imagination. I can faintly hear the birds chirping, I can see the leaves on the trees out front gently blowing in the wind, and my mind begins to wander. Oh how a long to be outside enjoying mother nature in all her […]

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